The design of inhalers has continued to change over time. From large disks to meter dose pumps, efforts have...
Recently the Propeller sensor was approved for use with symbicort and now works with over 90% of inhaled medications. This device attaches to a meter dose inhaler. When a patient uses the inhaler by pushing in the canister, the sensor logs this information into a mobile app. The information can be shared with the patient’s physician to identify the frequency of use, time of use, and possible triggers such as pollen or smoke.
The more data physicians collect on inhaler usage, the better they can work with the patient to develop a care plan for their respiratory condition. The Propeller sensor also records the day and time patients use their inhaler and if the smart device does not receive any information the patient receives a reminder. Improving adherence and reducing hospitalizations are potential outcomes of real-time analytics with such innovative technology.